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Erdogan’s Apology: Cui Prodest?

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Word leaked early this week of a potential shift in Turkey’s relations with Russia, with President Erdogan writing a letter of condolence to the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the family of slain pilot Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov. He expressed his regret over the incident and his hope that “we may be forgiven.” The Turkish […]

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Extend-and-Pretend Comes to the Refugee Crisis

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When politicos start using the word “game-changing” to refer to a negotiation, you can be sure that some truly heinous is going to come out of it, usually in the fine print. This is true of the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade pacts being negotiated, and it is equally true of the deal brokered in Ankara […]

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2016: The Year of Ungovernability (Part 3)

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This series of articles provides a brief overview of the conditions in different parts of our increasingly unified global system that are symptomatic of its increasing entropy. The selected examples are each relevant to the disorders of our day, both in relative size and in their typology, though they may appear to be unrelated. This […]

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Did the Turkish Government Murder Serena Shim? by Jordi Vázquez

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Jordi Vazquez is an expert on North Africa and the Middle East, and regular contributor to different publications. His latest book, recently published, is titled Kurdistan: The People of the Sun. He tweets at @JordiVazquez The article is reprinted with permission of the author. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are […]

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Turkey is Falling Apart

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Turkey is falling apart. In the southeastern corner of the country, violence has exploded since August. Ambushes, sniper attacks and bombings have claimed the lives of over 100 police officers and soldiers as well as at least 18 civilians, while hundreds more have been injured.  The Turkish Army claims to have killed dozens of insurgents […]

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The Turkish Loadstone in the War Against ISIL

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On July 23rd, the United States and Turkey announced that they had reached an agreement[1] on the use of Incirlik air base as well as Turkish participation in the campaign against the Islamic State. US officials called the agreement “a game changer”[2] and the Air Force immediately began operating armed drones out of the base […]

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The Dangerous Recep Fatih

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Fa•tih \ FAH-tee \ (noun): Turkish for “conqueror”, applied as an epithet, for example: Fatih Sultan Mehmed (Mehmet II 1432 – 1481) for his conquest of Constantinople. The United States has been distracted by interminable brush wars, the emergence of new threats in the Pacific, and the resurgence of old threats in Europe for more […]

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